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Poster: 2muchtv Date: Sep 13, 2004 11:17am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: About Herk Harvey

I'm going to guess that no one would finance his films. He had the extreme misfortune to master a genre just as it was passing out of style, financially.

It seems to me that the independent industrial films he made were being dropped in favor of the institutional products, where Centron was supplanted by Bell Labs (Hemo the Magnificent, etc.) Encyclopedia Britannica Films and even Walt Disney's Buena Vista Productions.

Carnival of Souls might be the "last horror movie" as Sci-Fi was pushing Horror aside by then, riding high on the late 1950s boom, UFOs, nuclear angst and technology’s dominant role in society.

My two cents

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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Sep 14, 2004 1:39am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: About Herk Harvey

Regarding Centron's involvement with industrial and educational films. They were very successful in the industrial film field.

Jim Stringer, who did music and sound engineering for Centron in the late 70s and 80s, said that Centron made most of their money doing industrial films for big corporations. "Shake Hands with Danger" is an example of such a film - part of series of safety films that they did for Caterpillar.

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Sep 14, 2004 11:49am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: About Herk Harvey

Either Shake Hands with Danger or something very similar is one of the bonus features on the DVD of Carnival of Souls.

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Poster: LarryvilleGirl Date: Dec 20, 2004 2:01am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: About Herk Harvey

Centron Educational Films made the lions share in the 80s.

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Poster: ridetheory Date: Sep 12, 2004 1:28pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: About Herk Harvey

I guess Carnival of Souls qualifies as a "horror" film, but I think of it as a low-budget art film, which just happened to be in the horror genre because that would draw people into the theater.

Having seen a couple of the Centron films now, I'm shocked that Carnival of Souls was any good at all. Most of the Centron films aged into camp very well, but taken on their technical merits, they are bo-ring! When Herk Harvey had the chance to do exactly what he wanted instead of what the industrial films demanded, he really cut loose and delivered a very clever film. It's too bad he only made one feature.

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